Minnesota Genealogical Society

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Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
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Upcoming events

    • 7 Aug 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Hosted Online by IGSI

    Instructor: Tom Rice, CG 

    Are you new to Irish genealogy or perhaps it has been a while since you dug into your Irish family roots? This is the webinar for you! Tom Rice will provide an introduction to the key tools for finding your ancestors in Ireland: most important record types, Irish geographic terms, Irish names, key Irish genealogy websites and books, and much, much more. 

     Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International

     


    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Hosted Online by RGS
    The Romanian Genealogy Society presents  a special event webinar, the second

    in its International Speaker Series, featuring Andrei Popescu, Ph.D..

    This  illuminating presentation will describe common challenges with Romanian research, and why genealogical sources often give false, partially false, or approximate information. Learn about these errors, why they appear, and how you can spot them. Andrei will  also discuss:

    • confusion regarding names and surnames
    • name variations
    • forming of Romanian surnames
    • how linguistic differences affect written names of Romanian, German, Hungarian, Jewish, Greek, and other origins
    • how villages, cities, counties and countries changed their names and borders over time
    Andrei Popescu is an independent researcher,  founder, and coordinator of the project Scriem istoria ta (We Write Your History). He holds a doctorate in history  and was named Researcher of the Year by the Romanian National Archives for 2019 and 2020.

    He is the author of many books, articles, and other studies, including the English language e-book How to Find Your Ancestors from Bucharest : a guide for identifying, interpreting and understanding online and offline genealogical resources. Andrei  Popescu is open to requests for consultations. If you are interested, please e-mail him directly.

    For complete details and advance registration visit The RGS website at https://romaniangenealogy.com/its-all-relative-challenges-of-romanian-research/. Deadline to register is 6:00 p.m. (CDT) Friday, August 13, 2021.

    RGS member $ 15.00       Non member $ 20.00

    • 4 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Hosted online by PGS-MN

    Dr. David Roskoski, Associate Professor History at Tulsa Community College will speak to PGS-MN on the Polish Army in France during the late 1910s.

    Independent Poland ceased to exist in 1795 and the various insurrections to restore the Polish state were thwarted by the Germans, Austro-Hungarians, and Russians. During the First World War, Polish statesmen called upon the thousands of Polish immigrants in the United States to join the Polish Army in France, a military force funded by the French government and organized by the Polish Falcons of America and Ignacy Paderewski, the world-famous Polish pianist. Over 20,000 men trained in Canada and fought in the final months of the war on the Western front. While in France they were placed under the command of General Jozef Haller and became known as Haller’s Army.

    At the conclusion of the war, the Allied leaders at the Paris Peace Conference decided to send the soldiers to Poland to fight in the Polish-Soviet War to stop the western advance of the Bolsheviks. When the war ended, the United States government, with the influence of Secretary of State Robert Lansing, funded the return of the soldiers to their homes in the United States.

    Location

    This program meeting will be available virtually to all PGS-MN members; the YouTube link will be sent via email approximately one week prior to the event. We hope you can join us to learn more about this period of history in our ancestor’s lives.

    Depending on COVID regulations, there will be availability to watch the meeting from the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Mendota Heights. More specific information will be posted in early Fall.

    Not a PGS-MN member and want to join us? For only $5, join us by completing the online guest application, which will then link you to pay online.

    https://pgsmn.org/event/the-polish-army-in-france-hallers-army/


    • 11 Sep 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Hosted by IGSI

    Most Irish genealogy databases are for-fee (FindMyPast, RootsIreland, JohnGrenham) and the major providers (Ancestry, FamilySearch) share much of the data. This session will focus on the content and differences among the major providers. 

    Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International

    • 2 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Hosted online by PGS

    Ready to learn more about daily life in the Kashubian region?  Speaking from Poland, Stanley Frymark will be sharing his experience and research in Kashubian culture, traditions, and language. He is currently working on his PhD and is an expert in Kashubian research.

    Not sure who the Kashubians are? Kashubians are an ethnic group found in north-central Poland. While closely related to Poles, their ancestors and traditions do differ. Many immigrated to the Winona, Minnesota area in the late 19th century/early 20th century.

    Location

    As the Speaker is located in Poland, this event will be streamed online. A link to the YouTube video will be sent to all members one week prior.

    Depending on COVID regulations, there will be availability to watch the meeting from the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Mendota Heights. More specific information will be posted in early Fall.

    Not a PGS-MN member and want to join us? For only $5, join us by completing the online guest application, which will then link you to pay online.

    https://pgsmn.org/event/kashubian-culture-and-life-from-the-past-to-the-present/

    • 9 Oct 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Hosted by IGSI

    Moderator:  Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD

    Panelists:  Elizabeth Gomoll, Robert Johnson, Lorna Moloney

    Hit a brick wall with your family history research? Not enough time to research before your family reunion or trip to Ireland? Have you ever thought of hiring a professional genealogist? Get tips and insights for finding, hiring, and working with professional genealogists from our panel of professionals based in the U.S. and Ireland 

     Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International

    • 6 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Hosted Online by PGS

    Records are created when land is sold, transferred, used, disputed, or recorded.  This means that land records are incredibly rich sources of information.  However, because these materials also have the reputation of being dense and complex, many people are intimidated by them.  (We certainly were when we started working with them!)  But the fact is that any researcher can find success in learning more about places and the people who lived there.

    During this session, we are going to share some of what we have learned through working with researchers and on our own projects, including:

    • An overview of different types of land records, why they exist, and how they can differ (city vs. farmland, for example)
    • Where to find these records: in person, at a distance, or online
    • How to read and understand different record-types and formats, including useful terminology and tips for using legal, technical, valuation, and visual materials
    • What can be learned by combining records with each other and by adding larger historical context
    • Ways to learn about land from non-land records, and the opposite: gleaning non-land information from land records
    • Tips and tricks for research methods and processes

    We will be focusing on Minnesota-based records, but much of the information can be transferred to help with research in other states.  Questions are very welcome!

    Speakers

    Jennifer Wagner and Jenny McElroy

    Reference Librarians at the Minnesota Historical Society

    Location

    This event will be streamed online. A link to the YouTube video will be sent to all members one week prior.

    Depending on COVID regulations, there will be availability to watch the meeting from the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Mendota Heights. More specific information will be posted in early Fall.

    Not a PGS-MN member and want to join us? For only $5, join us by completing the online guest application, which will then link you to pay online.

    https://pgsmn.org/event/land-navigating-research-and-demystifying-records/



    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Hosted by IGSI

    Instructor: Thomas MacEntee 

    It is so easy to let the large amounts of data involved with genealogy overwhelm you – to the point that family history research is no longer fun! Learn how to tackle the three main problem areas of genealogy data: research data, project data and file data so you can put the fun back in your research!

    Attendees will learn the basics of working ‘smarter’ instead of ‘harder’ when it comes to managing genealogy data. We’ll cover setting up genealogy projects and tracking them to completion, using a research log to track research and how to better manage your genealogy files.

     Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International


    • 4 Dec 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Hosted by IGSI

    Instructor: David Rencher 

    Dozens of websites now offer substantial support for Irish family history research. Most fall into one or more categories: web portals, Irish archives/libraries/record offices, government programs, genealogy companies with Irish content, genealogical and historical societies and county websites. This session will focus on the Irish record collections available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast.

     Details and registration at the Irish Genealogical Society International


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